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it is theirs. >> world news tonight is up next. tonight, the horrifying scene at the mall of america. authorities say a 5-year-old boy was thrown from the third floor balcony by a stranger. people rushing to save the boy. mother screaming for help. the boy critically hurt tonight and there is news about the suspect coming in now. also late today, the scare outside the white house. authorities say a man trying to set himself on fire. the deadly storm. as we come on the air tonight, the new threat. reports on of a possible tornado and now severe storms as a new system moves from texas up the northeast. rob marciano is standing by with the track. the student takedown by police. under investigation tonight. officers appearing to drag a 16-year-old down a flight of stairs and then hit with a stun gun. she was facing charges until the
video surfaced. tonight, the controversial plan discussed inside the white house to send migrants crossing the boarder to sanctuary cities hometown. tonight, the president doubles down. the urgent recall now. pediatricians sounding an alarm. more than 30 babies reportedly dying. fisher-price issues a recall. this is major news tonight for parents and grandparents. the new interview tonight in a deadly stalking case. the actress gunned down. all the years later, the anger from her one time co-star. what she says never should have happened. and the new image just in tonight from mick jagger. good evening. great to have you with us on a friday night. we begin tonight with that horrifying scene playing out at the mall of america. authorities say a stranger threw a 5-year-old boy off a third floor balcony. the boy's mother screaming for
help as people rushed to the boy's side, giving him cpr. we are told he suffered critical injuries in the fall. witnesses who saw the suspect run away alerted police. they found him inside the mall. tonight he is in custody. they do not believe he knew this family. this is a very difficult story. alex perez leads us off from the mall of america in minnesota. >> reporter: tonight the horrifying scene at the mall of america just outside minneapolis, a 5-year-old boy plummeting from a t rdhibalcony. allegedly thrown by this 24-year-old man. the young boy landing on the ground floor. >> we have a report from the south side that someone just fell from the third floor to the first floor. >> reporter: these images showing crowds giving emergency care to the child, performing cpr in the moments directly after the fall. an eyewitness describing his terrified mother. she said, everyone pray, please pray for my son. everyone here right now, please pray. >> reporter: witnesses claiming
and tried to assault an older man who tried to detain him. police swarming the scene, tracking him down and arresting him. the motive, a mystery. >> at this time we do not believe there is a relationship between the suspect and the child or the family of the child, and we are actively investigating why this incident occurred. >> reporter: the child sustaining serious injuries and rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital. a small section of the nation's largest mall was briefly shut down. >> why would you single out a kid and ruin a family's life like this? >> hard to imagine something worse. alex perez is with us live at the mall of america tonight. everyone is obviously pulling for this little boy. he's in the hospital tonight, alex? >> reporter: that's right. unfortunately, authorities say his injuries are life threatening. as for that suspect he has now been charged with attempted homicide. david? >> alex perez leading us off tonight, thank you. there was a scare late today outside the white house. the secret service jumping in action web a man tried to set himself on fire. the secret service moving in very quickly.
kira phillips is on the scene just outside the white house. >> reporter: it happened just after 3:00 p.m. outside the white house on pennsylvania avenue where tourists often visit. a man in an electric wheelchair-type scooter deliberately setting his jacket on fire. within seconds, secret service agents are on him. inside the white house, reporters put on alert, ushered into the briefing room. outside, smoke rising from the scene. authorities extinguishing the fire, treating the man. four officers then carrying him away. tonight he's in the hospital being treated for non-life-threatening first-degree burns. sources say he was known to the secret service. they'd seen him around before. we're told he had no apparent political motive and was only out to harm himself. >> let's get to kyra phillips on the scene outside the white house tonight. thankfully no one was injured. no one in the white house was put in harm's way.
it once again shows what the secret service does every day. >> reporter: that's right. the secret service immediately jumping into action right here where i'm standing. they have been under intense spotlight since that intruder reached checkpoints in mar-a-lago. today, extreme caution was protocol. >> kyra, thank you. we are also following a major storm system on the move tonight, and now the new threat. tornado sirens sounding there, the warning in mason, ohio. this scene repeated elsewhere today. ominous clouds over covington, kentucky tonight, and damaging winds in warsaw, kentucky. the threat from texas to the northeast tonight. rob marciano has the track. >> reporter: tonight, tornado sirens sounding the alarms northeast of cincinnati. >> there's another one. >> reporter: a possible twister touching down in clark county, ohio. as severe weather with damaging winds sweeps across the ohio valley. >> the wind came through and
really destroyed that addition to this home. took off the roof there and it landed in the neighbor's driveway. >> reporter: southwest of cincinnati, straight line winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour, flattening structures. east of dayton, ohio, trees toppled, trailers overturned. >> i saw a big dust cloud coming towards the house, and then the house started shaking to i decided to bail out upstairs. >> reporter: the same storm bringing dangerous lightning to chicago overnight, the second blizzard in less than a month, bringing more than two feet of snow to the plains. in minnesota, the state patrol responding to 500 crashes. >> rob marciano is live in washington, d.c. tonight. the mid-atlantic is part of this path tonight. the system is on the move. >> yeah, we are still dealing with this blizzard. the front part of it is yet to push through the east. here it is on the radar scope.
we relead the next system. it will tap moisture in the gulf of mexico. a rough afternoon for houston, little rock, memphis. shreveport seeing the bull's-eye. the highest tornado threat there could be a damaging day. sunday, we lose the red and stretch out the zone. tallahassee, atlanta, in the middle of it up through pittsburgh. damaging winds and a wild weekend. need to stay weather aware. >> we are tracking it tonight, tomorrow and sunday. rob, will be watching. next to surveillance video surfacing tonight and a troubling scene inside a chicago high school. first, the student was charged with you then the video surfaced telling a different story. a police officer is seen grabbing the 16-year-old student, throwing her down, drag her down the stairs and later hitting her with a stun gun. battery charges against the girl have been dropped tonight and abc's steve osunsami on what comes next. >> reporter: lawyers for the teenage girl seen in this newly released surveillance video from a chicago high school say the pictures show that the police seen tackling her down a flight a stairs lied. the two chicago police officers
in this january incident originally said that 16-year-old dnigma howard started fighting with them first and fell down the stairs in the scuffle. but her family says the video tells a different story. one of the officers grabs her, then the fighting starts, and he appears to drag her down the stairs. a second officer joins, and they drag her down a second set of stairs. >> they had their foot on her chest. she has asthma. she's telling them she can't breathe. >> reporter: her father was there watching and called to the school to come take her home. she got into trouble over a cell phone and, according to police, was fighting with an assistant principal. >> they pull her by the leg down the stairs and i'm standing there watching it and i don't can't do anything about it. >> reporter: after kicking and punching her, they shoot her with a stun gun three times. she was charged with two counts of aggravated battery against an officer, charges that are now dropped. >> steve osunsami is with us tonight. we know the felony charges have been dropped as you reported there and now the officers have been reassigned while the
investigation is under way? >> reporter: that's right, david. the two officers have been removed from marshall high school but remaforce. one is on medical leave ine n th in a statement, the chicago police say they hold their officers to the highest level of standards and that the investigation continues. david? >> thanks. president trump doubling down on a controversial immigration plan tonight, saying he is giving strong considerations to putting undocumented migrants on buses and driving them hundreds of mile to sanctuary cities here in the u.s., including san francisco, nancy pelosi's hometown. the white house said talk of the plan had gone nowhere. but the president making it clear today, he is considering it. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: hours after the white house said it had rejected the idea of taking migrants who illegally cross the border and setting them free on the streets of cities governed by democrats, the president himself fully embraced the idea. >> we are looking at the possibilities. strongly looking, to be honest
with you. >> reporter: "the washington post" first reported the white house had asked the department of homeland security to review the feasibility of bussing the migrants to so-called sanctuary cities, where local authorities have declined to cooperate with federal immigration officials. one of their targets, nancy pelosi's congressional district in san francisco, hundreds of miles from the mexican border. but dhs lawyers rejected the proposal, and the white house put out a statement late last night saying, quote, this was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any discussion any further. then just hours later, the president directly contradicted those words. >> reporter: california certainly is always saying, we want more people. and they want more people in their sanctuary cities. well, we'll give them more people. we can give them a lot. we c give them a supply. let's see if they're so happy. they have open arms. they're always saying they have open arms. let's see if they have open arms. >> reporter: speaker pelosi shot
back today. >> it's just another notion that is unworthy of the presidency of the united states and disrespect for the challenges that we face as a country, as a people. >> reporter: it all comes after a week of upheaval at the department of homeland security. the president ousting the secretary and the head of the secret service, yanking his own nominee to lead i.c.e., and declaring there's one person in charge of immigration policy. >> there is only one person that is running it. you know who that is? it's me. >> all right, jon karl with us live from the white house. the president says he is giving strong consideration to this proposal as we reported there. but what's the bottom line here? what are your sources telling you tonight? >> reporter: despite the president's words, the officials at the department of homeland security are opposed to it and not moving forward. one senior dhs official told abc news, quote, the president may be considering it but dhs is not. david? >> jon, thank you.
there is a major recall of a popular sleep their so many parents and grandparents have in their hopes. we have been reporting on this here. fisher-price is now recalling its rock and play sleeper. it's reportedly been linked to the deaths of 30 infans since 200 at. pediatricians sounded the alarm about roll over issues. babies turning over. today, fisher-price officially recalling the sleeper. they will issue a refund or voucher. there is also developing news in a college admission scandal. a new guilty plea at this hour. mark riddell is a harvard grad, accused of the taking or changing a.c.t. or s.a.t. exams for the children of the wealthy parents. he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and money laundering. court documents show that felicity huffman was one of the people who used his services. he allegedly flew to los angeles to proctor the exam of her older daughter in 2016. next to new reporting about a stalking tragedy that stunned america and led to sweeping new
laws in this country. actress rebecca schaffer, a rising star, she was shot and killed at her front door. and now a new interview with her costar. why she is so angry about something that happened. here is matt gutman. >> reporter: she was the fresh-faced girl next door who skyrocketed to fame on the hit show "my sister sam" in the 1980s. ♪ everything starts like a knock at the door ♪ >> life isn't this good. i must be dreaming. >> reporter: rebecca schaeffer, the down-to-earth hollywood star who answered her own fan mail. >> i went, wait a minute. you're answering them back? you can't do that. and she says, oh, no, but i love it. they want to be friends. and i went, wait, they're not your friends. >> reporter: one of those fans? robert bardo, a mentally ill young man from arizona. bardo grew obsessed, showing up at her studio, then becoming enraged when he saw schaeffer acting in a love scene. it was the stalking case that turned deadly and sparked new
laws in the u.s. >> all those rageful feelings. "how dare she?" that gets converted into a plan of cold-blooded revenge. >> reporter: one day, 21-year-old schaeffer was expecting a knock on the door, the script for "godfather part iii." instead it robert bardo waiting at her door. >> he hired a private investigator in california to go to the dmv and find out where she lived. >> reporter: the young actress tried to send bardo away, but he came back and shot her dead. >> and they would just hand him her address? i was ballistic with rage. >> reporter: bardo was sentenced to life in prison, and now in a rare interview, he tells abc news he feels remorse. >> i realize what i've done and i feel a lot of tremendous guilt. >> reporter: schaeffer's family doesn't care what he has to say now, but they're grateful their daughter's death prompted change. but authorities say 30 years later, a new tool, social media, makes it easier for stalkers to track their victims.
>> while the laws got better, stalking has not diminished. in fact, it's on the rise. >> reporter: and to combat it, david, the dmv is now prohibited from giving out personal information and police departments across the country like the lapd now have set up anti-stalking task forces. david? >> matt gutman tonight. we should mention this two-hour special edition of "20/20" coming at 9:00 p.m. eastern there is more ahead on this friday. breaking news tonight. the deadly accident at a water park. the details coming in right now. the kindergarten teacher accused of bullying her students to tears. parents hiding a recording device in their kindergartner's hair. you will hear the audio in a moment. >> the major headline for upstate new york. a cast of "game of thrones" is here and what they said to amy robach that had her in tears here. is here and what they said to amy robach that had her in tears here. stay with you to finish her senior year.
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. an east bay girl said she'd been bullied for months, then attacked, as a teacher walks away. three tried to rob a store. creating housing or creating jobs? the disagreement over which is more important. live where you live, this is abc 7 news. a 12-year-old girl attacked in an east bay school. she says her classmate has been bullying her for months. good morning, i'm ama daetz. >> after answers were demanded about the handling of the case, the district suspended the principal and teacher in that classroom. >> reporter: we know how serious bullying can be. in fact, on the same day as that attack, a 10-year-old girl was beaten in south carolina and died from her injuries two days
later. what sets this attack apart from others we've seen is the teacher's response. look at the beginning of the video, again. that 7th grade history teacher, jeremy cooper raising his hands and walking away. >> i was very shocked that he didn't do anything. because most teachers just go and try to stop it. he didn't do anything. >> reporter: the beating the 12 year old suffered continued for 40 seconds, until a p.e. teacher came to her aid. >> she called me, and she said mom, she hit me. >> reporter: her mother rushed to the school, saw her dot a daughter's bruises and took her to the hospital for examination, thankfully no serious injuries. it didn't sink in until she saw that video the next day. >> i never thought i would see my child having to go through this. >> it made me sad that my mom was crying. >> reporter: carla gamboa says she first complained to the